The Hon Minister was addressing the 48 member graduating class of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Arawak House of Culture.
Hon Minister for Education, Petter St. Jean reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the development of the country’s human resource.
He said, “We have put several systems in place to assist you along the route to success. Our aim as Ministry and as Government is to continue to build the human resource of Dominica and encourage entrepreneurship…It is to this end that we are continuing with the development of technical and vocational training with a special emphasis on the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ). We have put systems in place to facilitate your development therefore I urge you as architects to go out there and build for yourselves lives of success.”
The 48 accepted their diplomas at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony which was themed ‘Individuals Are the Architects of Their Own Future’.
Principal, Shirley Samuel, highlighted the many accomplishments of the school in the past school year including outstanding 2015 CSEC performances.
“The school performed very well. The school received 100% passes in Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, Human and Social Biology, English B, Biology, Information Technology, Physical Education, Spanish, Building Technology, Agriculture and History.
“The school got 95% pass in Principles of Business, 88% pass in Economics, 87% pass in Technical Drawing…and 80% in Physics.
“Overall the school got a percentage pass of 85%.”
2006 ITSS graduate, attorney-at-law Cara Shillingford delivered the feature address.
She told the graduating class that anything is possible.
“There is absolutely no dream that is too big and no goal too far-fetched. I want you to dare to dream, plan a future for yourself and become exactly who you want to be.”
Valedictorian, Shania Reid, expressed that the journey was not easy but the hard work was worth it. She too had some encouraging words for her fellow classmates.
“Let’s go out there and give tomorrow the best possible chance we can. Let’s be the architects of our future not its victims. Right now is our time to shine so let’s do it with style.”
Cambe Casimir was the only student who graduated with distinction while 11 students graduated with merit.